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Our hands-on expertise has earned us the trust of dozens of Fortune 500 and top-tier companies, national governments around the world, influential civil society organizations, high-level investor groups, multinational financial institutions and prime sporting bodies.

We are mission-driven. And that matters.

 

Shift is a nonprofit, mission driven organization, and that makes a critical difference. Our sole purpose is to help shape a world in which businesses have the knowledge skills, and incentives to respect human rights.

We love diving into tough challenges and asking ourselves the hard, seemingly unsolvable questions. That is how we have constantly pioneered in the world of business and human rights, being frank and forthright about what needs to change, and demonstrating how practices can rise to meet ambitions.

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What Makes Us, Us

We helped lay the groundwork for transformation

Our co-founders accompanied Professor John Ruggie during his UN mandate. For over 5 years, they worked closely with him to develop the principles that became the world’s authoritative standard on the business and human rights. We are honored to have him as the Chair of our board.

We thrive on the road less traveled

We love diving into tough challenges and asking ourselves the hard, seemingly unsolvable questions. That is how we have constantly pioneered in the world of business and human rights, being frank and forthright about what needs to change, and demonstrating how practices can rise to meet ambitions.

We are well-trusted. And its not just us saying it

Our hands-on expertise has earned us the trust of dozens of Fortune 500 and top-tier companies, national governments around the world, influential civil society organizations, high-level investor groups, multinational financial institutions and prime sporting bodies.

We are leading the way into the future

We are constantly at the cutting-edge of business and human rights innovations. From advising companies that are grappling with high-risk contexts and new business models, to developing machine learning tools to track reporting, to leading a global platform to improve how we measure impact, we are driving the conversation forward.

Can Shift work with my organization?

We are facilitators, advocates, educators and innovators focused on enabling a wide range of organizations to have the policies and practices in place that deliver on the promise of the Guiding Principles. On any given day, our global team may be guiding a consumer goods company through the process of identifying and prioritizing its human rights risks; facilitating a day-long workshop for local civil society organizations in an emerging economy to explore how the Guiding Principles can help them advocate for business respect for human rights; or advising a government agency on its policy for engagement with business.

As a non-profit organization, rather than a consultancy, we consider carefully who to work with, and focus where we believe we can support meaningful change. To learn more specifically about our training opportunities, please click the link below.

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Thought Leadership

Meaningful Engagement with Affected Stakeholders

October 2018 | David Kovick

9 takeaways from our Business Learning Workshop in Boston in 2018 (and a list of actions you can put in practice)

Respect for Human Rights: Creating a Holistic Framework for Business Contributions to the SDGs

May 2017 | Caroline Rees

This short framework for analysis and action offers a straightforward way for any company to work out how it should and can contribute to sustainable development.

Making Economic Globalization Work for All: Achieving Socially Sustainable Supply Chains

February 2017 | John G. Ruggie

In this keynote address to G20 countries, Shift Chair and Guiding Principles author John Ruggie argues that effectively managed global supply chains can be significant leverage points to make globalization work better for all.

Publications

Human Rights Reporting in the Canadian Mining Sector: Maturity Trends and Insights

January 2019

Over the past few months, Shift has analyzed the human rights disclosure of 18 Canadian mining companies (traditional mining companies, along with a number of streaming and royalty companies). Our research revealed strengths and weaknesses of the sector’s reporting trends, which informed our key recommendations. Undoubtedly, analysis of the Canadian mining sector’s human rights disclosure can be a significant entry point for addressing human rights disclosure, and underlying human rights performance, of the mining industry globally.

Human Rights Reporting in the Canadian Mining Sector: Maturity Trends and Insights

Human Rights Reporting: Are Companies Telling Investors What They Need to Know?

May 2017 | Michelle Langlois, Shift; supported by the UK Department for International Development, EY and Hermes Investment Management

This research assesses 74 of the world's largest companies for their maturity in reporting on human rights.

Human Rights Reporting: Are Companies Telling Investors What They Need to Know?

IBA Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers

June 2016 | International Bar Association

This foundational guidance, issued by the International Bar Association, is designed to help bar associations and business lawyers everywhere understand the Guiding Principles.

IBA Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers
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